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How to dispose of veterinary medicines

27 Jun 2022 | Donal Murphy

Using veterinary medicines usually results in waste, and how that is handled can have an impact on the environment, as well as animal and human health. As part of our efforts to create greener veterinary practices, it is important to understand what can legally be recycled and what needs to be handled with extra care. Donal Murphy, Head of International and Regulatory Affairs at NOAH, explains how to make sure you are correctly disposing of product packaging and unused medicines.

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Sorry, we don’t sell antibiotics!

21 Jun 2022 | Mark Little

We know that preventative health is key to the sustainable use of veterinary medicines. In this blog, Mark Little, Senior Vice President of BVA Northern Ireland Branch and an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production, details his professional journey from general farm practice to his current role providing consultancy on preventative health. He explains why he now takes a hard line approach to antibiotics and includes some examples of how he works in a team of SQPs, RAMAs and nutritionists to achieve this.

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Reflecting on progress with the 1CPD app

17 Jun 2022 | Jenny Soreskog-Turp

CPD plays an important role for vets throughout their career and training. Jenny Soreskog-Turp, the RCVS Lead for Postgraduate Education, explains why CPD is so valuable and the importance of reflecting on your progress.

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How do we take a risk based approach to Parasiticides on pets?

15 Jun 2022 | Helen Gould

The team at Old Hall Veterinary Centre have been reassessing their approach to using parasiticides, due to concerns about the impact on the natural world. In this blog post, Sustainability lead Helen Gould explains what they have been doing to move away from blanket treatments and towards a more risk based approach.

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The importance of Pride in the veterinary profession

10 Jun 2022 | Tom Doyle

Since 2016 BVLGBT+ have been representing the veterinary profession at Pride events across the country. Next month they’ll once again be setting off from BVA headquarters to join the parade in London for the first time since the pandemic began. BVLGBT+ President Tom Doyle explains why marching at Pride remains so important to his members.

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Tackling antimicrobial resistance across a large veterinary group

07 Jun 2022 | Anna-Maria Andersson

Recognising the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR), IVC Evidensia has set an ambitious target of reducing antibiotic prescriptions to just 5% of outpatient consultations by 2030. In this blog, IPC director Anna-Maria Andersson and Antibiotic Stewardship coordinator Ditte Ljungquist reflect on how Antibiotic Stewardship helps to make sure antibiotics are used responsibly, achieving safe and effective treatments whilst counteracting the development of antimicrobial resistance.

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Remembering the day the Queen visited BVA

27 May 2022

To mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, who is BVA’s patron, we're re-sharing a 2016 blog from BVA Past President, the late John Tandy, recalling the visit that she and Prince Philip paid to our London office in 1982.

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Supporting each other

12 May 2022 | James Russell

60% of vets think they'd be able to recognise the signs of mental ill health in a colleague. In this blog, BVA Senior Vice President James Russell considers what more the profession can do to encourage meaningful conversations about feelings to help support each other.

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Is it time to ditch disposables in the operating theatre?

11 May 2022 | Nicole Dyer

Single use items are commonly used in healthcare settings to improve infection control, but do they always make a difference and warrant creating extra waste? Nicole Dyer, Vet Sustain champion and veterinary surgeon at AshTree Vets, explores where and when it may be appropriate to ditch the disposables.

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Why should veterinary teams care about plastic waste?

04 May 2022

Cal Major, ocean advocate and veterinary surgeon, is passionate about connecting people to the ocean and protecting the animals and ecosystems within them. In this blog she explains why veterinary teams need to think about their plastic waste.

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Business benefits of sustainability

29 Apr 2022 | Gudrun Ravetz

We are all aware of the need to collectively and individually act in a more sustainable way to preserve our planet, and as veterinary professionals we are very cognisant of the One Health triumvirate of animal, human and environmental health and welfare. From a business point of view there are several reasons why adopting an ethos of sustainability can have positive consequences beyond the important environmental ones. BVA Past President and Chair of Vet Sustain, Gudrun Ravetz explains some of these benefits.

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Technological ways to save energy

28 Apr 2022 | Anthony Chadwick

Embracing technology can often help us to save energy, at home and at work. The Webinar Vet is a technology based company which achieved Green accreditation with Investors in the Environment, so its founder Anthony Chadwick shares his tech-based tips to help veterinary teams be more energy efficient.

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Water vs Alcohol hand rub – which scrubs up best?

27 Apr 2022 | Zoe Halfacree

Traditional methods of scrubbing up can use up to 20 litres of water each time, so switching to alcohol-based rubs could help reduce water use in practice. Zoe Halfacree, Director of Vet Sustain and Soft Tissue Surgeon at Davies Veterinary Specialists, explains how the methods compare on clinical standards and outlines other possible advantages of switching.

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